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'The View' Panel: Did Police Compromise Jussie Smollett Case?; If Untrue, "Going To Need More Than An Apology"

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 01:14
ABC NEWS: Following the arrest of Jussie Smollet, co-hosts on "The View" shared their thoughts on the Chicago Police Department alleging that he faked a hate crime... Sunny Hostin said she saw "real anger" from Johnson and Chicago's Police Department during the press conference, and "rightfully so," because of the time spent and resources used to conduct the investigation. "I remember spending hours upon hours when I was prosecuting cases in victims' homes," Sunny said, recalling her time practicing law. "Begging them to testify. Begging them to come forward. And by and large, many of them were afraid they would not be believed." ... When Navarro heard about the alleged attack against Smollett, she says she believed him. Now, she feels "duped" and "pissed" learning the recent developments in his investigation. "I am going to need more than an apology. He's going to have to pay very serious consequences." Read more at ABC News.

Cartoons Of The Week: February 22

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:43
RealClearPolitics counts down the top five political cartoons for the third week of February.

Charles Barkley Mocks Jussie Smollett: "Do Not Commit Crimes With Checks"

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:37
Sports commentator Charles Barkley mocked actor Jussie Smollett during TNT's half-time coverage of the Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers game on Thursday. The former basketball star began by wondering about something he said has no chance of happening: "Two black guys beating a black guy up…" "America, let me just tell you something,” Barkley said, mocking Smollett's payment of two Nigerian brothers. "Do not commit crimes with checks." "Come on, man. If you're gonna break the law, do not write a check. … Get cash, man!" Barkley added. "Do you think they put that on the receipt? Face mask, rope, bleach?" "Jussie, you wasted all that damn time and money," Barkley joked. "You know what you shoulda did? Just went up to Liam Neeson's neighborhood. You coulda solved all your damn problems."

Ocasio-Cortez: "Isn't $10 Million Enough? Like, When Does It Stop?"

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:25
On the premiere episode of Showtime's new late night talk show "Desus & Mero," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained her proposal for a marginal tax rate of 70%. "Why are you trying to take all our money away from us," host Desus Nice asked. "We just signed with Showtime, and now you're trying to put the wild tax on millionaires! What's wrong with you?" "So, a marginal tax rate is if you make more than $10 million in one year --which is a pretty good year-- if you make more than ten million in one year, your ten millionth and one dollar gets taxed at 70%," Ocasio-Cortez explained. "By the way, we used to have marginal tax rates, under Republican presidents of 90%, and it was when we experienced some of the greatest rates of economic growth." "It really comes down to the question of, isn't ten million enough? Like, when does it stop? Right? At what point is it immoral that we're building Jeff Bezos a helipad when we have the most amount of homeless people in New York City?"

Laurence Tribe: Why I'm Suing President Donald Trump Over Border Wall

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 05:49
MSNBC: A new lawsuit filed on behalf of the county of El Paso, Texas argues that Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall is unconstitutional with the most high-powered legal team that has joined this fight. Co-counsel Laurence Tribe says he's never had an opponent quite as helpful as Trump, whose public statements undermine his case for a national emergency.

MSNBC Brian Williams Panel: Why A Short Mueller Report Could Actually Be Bad News For Trump

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 05:46
MSNBC: Could a short and concise Mueller report just end up being a road map for further investigations into Trump officials and the 2016 election? We talk to Nelson Cunningham and Jill Colvin.

CNN's Cuomo: Some On The Right Determined To Make Jussie Smollett Case Prove A Broader Bias

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 05:42
CNN's Chris Cuomo said people should be looking for truth and not a political victory in the Jussie Smollett case. Cuomo's commentary follows news that Smollett was arrested on suspicion of filing a false report to police. Smollett originally told Chicago police that two men attacked him and uttered racial and homophobic slurs. "The truth matters. Period. But why are some on the right so determined to make this situation speak to what they see as a broader bias?" Cuomo asked on the Thursday edition of his CNN program. "Do they have similar motivation to unearth bogus accounts that suit them? Of course not," he said. "So the lesson here is simple: Don't look for high ground. Look for the truth and that will lead us to where we need to be," Cuomo closed his program.

Jubilee: Do All White People Think The Same About Race?

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 05:21
YouTube channel Jubilee has several white people participate in a focus group on whiteness.

'Special Report' Panel: Jussie Smollett Hoax, Willingness To Believe The Worst Of Trump

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 05:19
Matthew Continetti, Morgan Ortagus, and Jonathan Swan discuss. "There are a whole lot of people who initally condemned this who are now in various ways trying to quietly walk it back," Axios' Swan said.

Conservative Student Assaulted on UC Berkeley Campus, Told He Is "Encouraging Violence"

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 04:45
A conservative student identified as Hayden Williams was attacked on the campus of UC Berkeley today after he was confronted by several people for his political activism. One assailant punched Williams in the face and is currently being sought by the police. "Another conservative student was assaulted on @UCBerkeley's campus. I just spoke to the survivor of the attack who is a dear friend of mine. He is in good spirits and plans on continuing to fight for conservative values on campus once his black eye is gone! What a bad a**!" Brad Devlin, the former president of the Berkeley College Republicans, tweeted Thursday. "Can you explain what you're f*cking doing?" an angry man asked the student prior to the altercation. "You're encouraging violence," this man said. Soon afterward a man clad in black started to harass Williams and eventually struck him in the face. "You wanna hit me? I'll shoot your ass. F*ck you! F*ck you! Get the f*ck out of my face!" the man said before he laid the hit. "F*cking c*nt," the man said as he left the scene. Devlin also shared video from the perspective of the victim. Here is the altercation from my friends perspective. Conservative activists, take note. This is exactly the right thing to do, and I am so proud of him for recognizing the situation and not retaliating with violence. pic.twitter.com/QEuJWEQtz8— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019 The injured student in the above photo is Hayden Williams.He is a conservative student who was targeted and beaten by a vicious leftist on the UC Berkeley campus.He was hospitalized by the attack and sustained massive injuries.HELP US FIND HIS ATTACKER PLEASE pic.twitter.com/2zFNuNyfsA— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 21, 2019 Berkeley released the following statement: BREAKING: UC Berkeley has released a statement on the political hate crime assault on one of our @TPUSA activists.Berkeley condemns in the strongest language the violence and asks for any assistance in identifying the assailant for police.PLEASE HELP IDENTIFY THIS ATTACKER pic.twitter.com/SjiDyga5MI— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 21, 2019 .@UCBerkeley and Chancellor Christ just sent out a message via email to the Berkeley community condemning the attack on the conservative activist. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen! Let's find this guy! pic.twitter.com/okHbLrX2C7— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019 My friend, Hayden, wants to thank all of you for the love and support. He's giving you a wink, and wanted to let you know you'll be hearing from him soon! pic.twitter.com/6kPmFZgQgz— Brad Devlin (@bradleydevlin) February 21, 2019

Rep. Ted Lieu: If Mueller Exonerates Trump, "We Move On" To Other Investigations

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 18:27
In an interview Wednesday night with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rep. Ted Lieu said that if and when Special Counsel Robert Mueller exonerates President Trump for Russia collusion, Democrats will "move on" to other investigations like those in Congress and the Southern District of New York. "Let me first say this," the California Democrat said. "It was a question I was asked a few months ago about what would be the best result for the Mueller probe. I had to think about that for a while and I concluded that the best possible result would be if Robert Mueller found Donald Trump completely innocent because I don't want our president to have engaged in collusion with a foreign power, I just don't want that." "Now, if the report comes out and exonerates Donald Trump, we move on," he said. "If it doesn't, if it basically says, hey, we would have indicted Donald Trump for these offenses, but for the fact that there's a policy memo saying we can't, then I think Congress has to really look at these issues and decide what to do with whatever offenses the Robert Mueller investigation reveals." "Separate from that, the House Judiciary Committee and other committees in Congress will investigate other aspects of potential wrongdoing, such as obstruction of justice, witness tampering, abuse of power," he explained. "Regardless of what Robert Mueller's report shows, there are investigations by the Southern District of New York. There are state attorney general investigations. So, this is going to keep on going to make sure that all of the possible crimes that Donald Trump and his associates may have engaged in will be investigated," he added.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Mueller Probe: AG William Barr Must Decide If He Is Going To Act As One Of The President's "Minions"

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 18:14
Thursday on CNN's "New Day," Sen. Richard Blumenthal warned Attorney General William Barr to buckle up for a "wild ride" when special counsel Robert Mueller's report comes out. "That means [Barr] has to make a decision: is he going to be the people's lawyer or is he going to be the president's lawyer?" Blumenthal said. "Clearly, this president regards the attorney general as one of his minions." "He has no respect for the law, in fact, utter contempt for judges and the judicial process and he has denounced relentlessly the FBI and other law enforcement. Absolutely unprecedented, shattering all the norms." "William Barr is a professional, at least he should be," the senator said. "And he's going to have to stand up and speak out for the Department of Justice and the rule of law. And that will make his ride pretty wild."

Chicago Police Chief: Jussie Smollett Faked Attack "To Promote His Career"

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 18:01
The Chicago Police Department reported Thursday morning that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett faked a hate crime to "promote his career" because he was unhappy with his salary. He paid two men $3,500 to conduct a "choreographed" attack. Smollett was arrested and charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. EDDIE JOHNSON, CHICAGO POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: As I look out into the crowd, I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention because that's who really deserves the amount of attention that we are giving to this particular incident. This morning, I come to you not only as the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department but also as a black man who has spent his entire life living in the city of Chicago. I know the racial divide that exists here, I know how hard it has been for our city and our nation to come together. I also know the disparities and I know the history. This announcement today recognizes that 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I'm left hanging my head and asking why. Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims? Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city. Chicago hosts one of the largest Pride parades in the world, and we're proud of that as a police department and also as a city. We do not nor do we ever tolerate hate in our city, whether that hate is based on an individual's sexual orientation, race or anything else. So I'm offended by what has happened and I'm also angry. I love the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department, worts and all, but this publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn't earn and certainly didn't deserve. To make things worse, accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators, and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor. First, Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic, and political language. When that didn't work, Smollett paid $3500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago's reputation through the mud in the process. And why? This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary. So he concocted a story about being attacked. Now, our city has problems, we know that. We have problems that have affected people from all walks of life. And we know that. But to put the national spotlight on Chicago for something that is both egregious and untrue is simply shameful. I'm also concerned about what this means moving forward for hate crimes. Now, of course, the Chicago Police Department will continue to investigate all reports of these types of incidents with the same amount of vigor that we did with this one. My concern is that hate crimes will now be met with a level of skepticism that previously didn't happen. That said, Smollett was treated as a victim throughout this investigation until we received evidence that led detectives in another direction. I couldn't be more proud of the unrelenting detective work that went into this investigation. I couldn't be more proud of every investigator that played a part in it. The detective work that we saw in this case is indicative of the work that our detectives do every day in this city. This case in particular involved hours of video evidence, which when combined with old fashioned police work, uncovered the truth. These detectives deserve all the credit in the world for carefully analyzing the leads and the evidence for weeks before coming to their conclusion. I'd also like to thank the FBI for their help in this investigation. The FBI's partnership with CPD has been pivotal in this case. I only hope that the truth about what happened receives the same about of attention as the hoax did. I'll continue to pray for this troubled young man, who resorted to both drastic and illegal tactics to gain attention. I'll also continue to pray for our city, asking that we can move forward from this and begin to heal.

Joe Lieberman on 2020: Don't Count Bernie Sanders Out

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 17:10
Former Senator Joe Lieberman speaks to CNN'S Kate Bolduan about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) entering the 2020 presidential race. He said Sanders' impressive first-day fundraising total is an indication not to "count Bernie out." "He's got some more competition [than in 2016] and he's got some that look directly in his ideological turf -- Elizabeth Warren, etc. -- Bernie held the banner high last time, and there are a certain number of people who still feel that he is the real deal, the genuine article," Lieberman said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: ISIS Bride Hoda Muthana "Is A Terrorist" And Is Not Coming Back To The U.S.

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 17:00
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the cyber threat from China, concerns over Iran's threat to stability in the Middle East, 'ISIS bride' Hoda Muthana, the decision to pull troops out of Syria and nuclear talks with North Korea in an interview with FBN's Maria Bartiromo. Full transcript: MARIA BARTIROMO, FOX BUSINESS NETWORK HOST: And joining me right now is the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, it's great to have you on the program. MIKE POMPEO, UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE: Maria, it's great to be with you. BARTIROMO: Thank you so much for joining us. Can you give us any info, in terms of where we are with China on this, so-called, memorandum of understanding that's being drafted? POMPEO: Yes. So progress made last week when the teams were negotiating in China. They're now in Washington continuing to work. I think real progress, as you said, not just on the trade issues, which matter. That is the goods exchange, but on intellectual property protection, force technology transfer, and importantly, enforcement around those. It's one thing to write something on a piece of paper. It's another thing to have enforcement mechanisms. And I know our trade team is hard at work, making sure that the American people get that. BARTIROMO: And that's really what I want to talk to you about because we talk a lot about the trade and the tariffs issue. But the militarizing of the South China Sea, the intimidation from the Chinese on - on - on people with their ships. They are expanding their military more than any other military in the world today. I'd like you to assess what China does, in terms of its behavior for us before I detail your trip to Poland last week because it was so important. POMPEO: Well Maria, thanks for this opportunity. Look, the Chinese behavior is aggressive along every dimension of international power. You just highlighted their military expansion, certainly a geographic expansion into the South China Sea, and their technology, their weapon systems are getting better. They're investing heavily in missile systems, space technology, all of those things that can project power beyond their own country. But they're also commercially engaged in predatory economic practices, expanding power, building influence through using cheat money, low cost loans, and hooking countries on - on deals that will ultimately be bad for the people of those countries. And then we see this politically, too. They're hard at work around the world trying to influence countries to think better of them, in spite of the fact that often they show up with deals that aren't good for the people of the countries with which they're interacting. BARTIROMO: Yes. For example, I know that they've gone into Africa in a big way, and basically said to a number of African countries, we will build your telecom infrastructure. And of course, that opens them up to spying or tapping into that infrastructure. They've also done that in Europe. You know, I know you have an incredible amount of knowledge about China from your days back in the day when you were on the House Intel Committee, and you were the first, you, along with Devin Nunes, and others, to launch the investigation into some of these practices. You're just back from Europe, and what - what we heard after your trip from Europe - there's a lot to talk about, your trip to - to Poland because it was important. But what - what we read in the journal yesterday, and a lot of the reports, was that Europe is pushing back on this idea that President Trump and your administration wants to ban, or potentially stop - slow down the use of Huawei technology. Is that what - is that what you found in Europe? POMPEO: So we have spent time, not just at this ministerial in Warsaw in last week where we had some real successes, but over the past months. We've been out around the world, just making sure everybody had the same information, that - that countries understand the risk of putting this Huawei technology into their I.T. systems. We - we can't forget these - these systems were designed by - with express work alongside the Chinese PLA, their military in China. They - they are creating a real risk for these countries and their systems, the security of their people. Europeans care deeply about their privacy. The risk to privacy from this technology is very, very real and we're out sharing this information - the knowledge that America has gained through its vast network and making sure countries understand the risk. That's important. We think they'll make good decisions when they understand that risk. BARTIROMO: It's not even just the risks for them. It's the risks for the world. I mean if you are in high level talks about national security with Poland with the five eyes, I mean you're - American's information is out there too because China has tapped into their network. POMPEO: There's a second piece that we've shared with them as well, which is if a country adopts this and puts it some of their critical information systems we won't be able to share information with them. We won't be able to work along side them. In some cases there's risk we won't even be able to co-locate American resources in American Embassy or in American military outpost. There's real risk and we want to make sure they know not only the risk to their own people but their risk of being able to work alongside the United States and keeping the world safe. BARTIROMO: This is an expensive proposition for some of these European countries we know that because they already have Huawei technology embedded in there, right? I mean is that the push back because everything you're saying is so obvious that yes, you're at risk, we're at risk, the world is at risk, why the push back? POMPEO: So some of it is indeed commercial - some of its just plain old economics. The system that shows up from Huawei is tantalizing. They offer really good economic deals to these countries so it looks cheap. The truth is, Maria you know this, and to keep your people safe isn't always cheap. Sometimes it cost money. Sometimes you have to buy a better product - a higher quality product. A product that has more security embedded in it. The American people do this all the time for themselves and we want to make sure that the world get's this one right. We will be with this technology - this 5G technology for quite a while and it's important that we get it right, the world get it right from a security perspective at the out set. BARTIROMO: Why is 5G so important? Give us the implications there because we are on the doorstep here of hearing all of the stuff about faster networks and we all want 5G, but we're at a critical moment where China is going to be able to be in the lead in a number of these areas. So why should we worry so much about 5G and what China has been doing? POMPEO: Well we should worry, but I want you to know I'm confident. When capitalism competes with state owned enterprises, at the end of the day I am confident that capitalism will prevail. It's just important that we don't have predatory practices that get in the way of free markets and voluntary exchanges on a level playing field and that transparency is what we're working to make sure we get around the world. This technology, this 5G technology is going to be a wonderful thing and a lot of data will be transmitted in volumes and at speeds that make what we're doing today, which frankly for someone of my generation feels pretty good, be in the distant past. It's an important technology that'll be ubiquitous around the world over some period of time and we have to get this right at the out set. BARTIROMO: Does China even admit to the cyber intrusions, for example? I mean our computer networks, we've got thousands of attacks, is it true thousands of attacks a day? POMPEO: Yes. There are attacks not only from China, certainly, but from Iran, from North Korea, from many countries around the world. Russian's are engaged in activity, too trying to get it (inaudible) not only governmental systems but private business systems. I ran a small business for a dozen plus years before I came to Congress a few years back. These are real threats and we need to be capable of protecting our information and our data. BARTIROMO: So does China admit to the cyber intrusions? Do they admit to the theft of intellectual property? We had the former President of Microsoft on this program a couple months ago, Steve Ballmer and he said that 90 percent of the companies in China use the Microsoft operating system, 1 percent pay for it. It cost Microsoft $10 billion a year in profit. POMPEO: Yes. This enormous transfer - this unlawful transfer of American wealth, American innovation and creativity that's taken place over the last decades is enormous, it's historic. The Trump administration is determined to push back against it. We opened by talking about these trade agreements that are being worked on Washington even as we speak. They will attempt to address this. The Chinese need to acknowledge that this is taking place. They need to put structural changes in place to prevent it from taking place and then there needs to be an enforcement mechanism so that the whole world can know that these things are continuing to happen. BARTIROMO: How do we get to a point where we can trust that they will the promise? I mean let's say you do get an MOU (ph) and we get these agreements that, yes we're going to move the needle on IP theft. Haven't they made promises to use in the past that they haven't kept? POMPEO: Maria, they certainly have. That's absolutely the case and our administration knows this. We won't fall into those same pitfalls. They've made commitments on cyber, on other things, which they just simply not honored. That's why the enforcement mechanism - and if you talk to ambassador Lighthizer or Secretary Mnuchin for even two minutes, they will tell you the heart of these discussions with surround enforcement mechanisms. And I - I hope that the Chinese will be prepared to permit those to take place. If they do, perhaps we can find a good, solid trade way to move forward. BARTIROMO: I mean, the Chinese are going to have to - if they - if they expect the world to use their telecom equipment ... POMPEO: That's right. BARTIROMO: ... they're going to have to prove to the world that - that we can trust them, right? POMPEO: That's right. Look, you - you can fool countries. You can fool people for only so long, at the end of the day. And you start to see this in Malaysia and Maldives where countries are waking up to what happened to them, what - what Chinese predatory lending did to their country and their people. They find themselves with enormous debt, which they'll be trying to unpack for an awfully long time. Countries around the world in Asia, and Africa, and South and Central America are starting to see these risks. And if we do - if we do our job well, transparency and free markets will prevail. The information will be available. And countries, American companies, European countries will compete, effectively, all around the world. BARTIROMO: If - if European countries continue to use Huawei, and you know that there are openings for the Chinese to tap in, are you going to share less information with European friends? POMPEO: You know, I don't want to comment on any particular situation, but it - it goes, as a matter of common sense, Maria, we're not going to put American information at risk. BARTIROMO: Let me go back to your trip from - from Poland for a moment because you had a major meeting on the Iran threat. I - I was pretty stunned. Sixty-two countries showing up, Netanyahu is real there with - with all of these Arab - Arab countries. Was there unanimous consent, in terms of Iran, in terms of how to deal with Iran from - from all of the above? POMPEO: Boy, when you - when - when the Arab countries were asked, point blank, what's the biggest threat to their people - to the people of Saudi Arabia, to the people of the Emirates, to the people of Bahrain? I could go on. It was very clear. It's the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was - it was a historic gathering, Arab states, the Israeli Prime Minister, all together talking about how to keep their people safe, the region more stable. And of course, America has a deep interest in Middle East stability. It presents a risk to us and to our ally Israel everyday. And I - I am very hopeful that we can now continue to build on this, and push back against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which for now, 40 years, has posed enormous threat to the region. BARTIROMO: And - and you made a comment yesterday about the ISIS bride, Hoda Muthana, not a U.S. citizen, will not be allowed back into America. This was really important, and it hit on the heartstrings of Americans after she left to go fight ISIS, wanted to kill Americans, and now says she's sorry. POMPEO: Yes. I don't get the heartstrings deal. This is a woman who inflicted enormous risk on American soldiers, on American citizens. She's a terrorist. She's not coming back. President Trump made clear that she wasn't coming back. She's not a U.S. citizen. She is not entitled to U.S. citizenship. And she's not coming back to our country to pose a threat. BARTIROMO: Has the - has the strategy changed, in terms of pulling the troops out - out of - of Syria, and Afghanistan even? POMPEO: No. The - the tactical decision the president made in Syria to take the 2,000 uniform military personnel out of Syria remains. We're now, literally, on the doorstep. We could be hours away from taking away the last square inch of ISIS controlled territory in Syria, have now liberated millions of people in Iraq and Syria. President Trump knows the threat from ISIS remains. It's a global threat. We're going to stay at it. But our tactics in Syria have changed. BARTIROMO: Let me - let me - let me go back to Asia as - as we conclude because you've got the North Korea summit next week. The president will meet with President Xu - Xi rather, pardon me. And some of the comments that the president has made this week was - I'm taking it back (ph), he said - he said, look, a few things recently. I'm in no rush here. The summit will be like the last one. We'll make some progress. Is he rationing down expectations? POMPEO: No I don't - I don't think he's rationing down expectations at all. The - you have to remember where we came into this. We came in when missiles were being tested, nuclear weapons were being tested. We haven't had tests of either of those types of systems for well over a year now. We've had the return of remains of Americans. I have a team on the ground in Hanoi now. I had one in Pyongyang a couple weeks back, real progress being made. And now the two leaders - good, a week - a week or so from now, the 27th and 28th we'll be together on the ground in Hanoi. And I hope we can make real progress. That Chairman Kim will begin to fulfill the commitment he made in June in Singapore, of last year, to denuclearize his own country. BARTIROMO: What would be - what would be progress? I mean, you don't - you don't expect that he's going to denuclearize right away, right? Because aside from - we know that there haven't been any missiles. We know that the president has moved the ball forward. You have moved the ball forward, but no denuclearization announcement. POMPEO: You know, Maria, I - I remember I was a young solider patrolling the East German border in 1989. No one anticipated that the wall would come down on the day that it came down. I'm hopeful that we - the world gets a day like that here as well, where no one expects that North Korea will take this action. I think the work that we've done, the economics sanctions have been in place, the negotiations that President Trump has led, I hope one day we all wake up and we get a moment just like the world had in 1989. BARTIROMO: And final question on China how does that fit into all of this with the talks on China? POMPEO: I hope the Chinese will continue to play a constructive role. They've been helpful and we appreciate that a great deal. The whole world has come together to put pressure on North Korea. We hope the Chinese will continue to do that and be a very constructive force for what would be a great thing for the people of America and the people of the world.

Dem Rep. Gregory Meeks: Bernie Sanders Should Not Run As A Democrat, He's Not A Democrat

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:52
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) told CNN's Poppy Harlow Thursday morning "Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat," Meeks said. "I don't understand why Bernie Sanders, who does not want to become a member of the Democratic Party... [would] run as a Democrat. We've asked him on a continuous basis, if in fact, you want to be the Democratic nominee, you should be a Democrat. If you're not a Democrat, you should not run. You should run as an Independent. He is not a Democrat." "To me, I would not allow a Republican to run as a Democrat for the Democratic nomination," he added. "You don't think he should be allowed to run in the Democratic primary?" CNN host Poppy Harlow asked. "He should be a Democrat. I think that he should say, if he wants to be a Democrat, he should register in the Democratic Party. And then you can talk about running to be my representative. I want a Democrat to be my representative as president of the United States.

Joe Scarborough: Only "Tyrants" Use Phrases Like "Enemy Of The People"

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:44
Thursday's "Morning Joe" led off with reports on the arrest of a Coast Guard officer who is accused of plotting to murder various liberal politicians and media figures, including Joe Scarborough. Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski make the case that this is exactly the kind of violence that President Trump's "enemy of the people" rhetoric about the media can inspire. Earlier this week, the president tweeted in response to a critical New York Times article: THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019 JOE SCARBOROUGH: Donald Trump has been warned repeatedly that talking about enemies of the people is a Stalinist phrase, that it will encourage some of his more unhinged followers. We've all known that Donald Trump and his words and his attacks about enemies of the people would lead to this type of behavior. This is now the second time that we know about, from the pipe bombs to yesterday, but yesterday was obviously far more specific, far more dangerous. And know that is exactly what Donald Trump is encouraging. ... Take his [President Trump's] words literally. He knows exactly what he's doing. And he's proven that he knows exactly what he's doing. And, knowing him for 11 years, as I have, I'm fairly confident that he is not disturbed by the news report. In fact, I know he's not disturbed by the news reports. He sees that as a sign of strength, and a sign of passionate support that he tries to churn up every day in his Twitter feed, he tries to churn up every time he calls the media the enemy of the people.

Tucker Carlson: Why I Didn't Air A Segment Last Week

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 09:01
Tucker Carlson responds to claims from Dutch academic Rutger Bregman.

Don Lemon: Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Donald Trump Are Going To Eat Jussie Smollett's Lunch

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:58
On the Wednesday edition of 'CNN Tonight,' host Don Lemon discussed the public relations disaster that 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett created and how cable news hosts and President Donald Trump will take advantage of the situation. Smollett faces a felony charge of allegedly filing a false police report claiming a hate crime was perpetrated against him. "Sean Hannity's going to eat Jussie Smollett's lunch every single second. Tucker Carlson is going to eat Jussie Smollett's lunch every single second... the president of the United States is going to eat his lunch," Lemon fretted. DON LEMON, CNN: I have nothing but the utmost respect for my friends at ABC and other things. Robin [Roberts] did a terrific job on that interview. I'm just talking about how you respond to this sort of crisis. That doesn't really work anymore, and I think that is old school. This is playing out every single moment in cable news. Sean Hannity's going to eat Jussie Smollett's lunch every single second. Tucker Carlson is going to eat Jussie Smollett's lunch every single second... the president of the United States is going to eat his lunch. And who does the president of the United States watch every night? Cable news. So that's all I'm saying. That's all I'm saying.

Sandmann Attorney Lin Wood Talks $250 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Washington Post on 'Hannity'

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:46
Lin Wood, the attorney representing Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann in a defamation lawsuit against 'The Washington Post,' appeared on Wednesday night's 'Hannity' to discuss the case. "If Nicholas had not purchased that souvenir cap that day at the Mall, if he was not wearing it, none of us would know who Nick Sandmann is," Wood said. "He would still be living his life privately, going to school without worrying about how his school and his classmates and the world feel about him." "Here is a 16-year-old kid, Sean. It is tough being 16. Think about what this young boy is having to deal with at age 16 when the entire world saw him the way that the media portrayed him as literally the face of evil. It is inexcusable, reprehensible conduct by the media. And 'The Washington Post' led the way," the attorney said. Transcript, via FOX News: SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: But, first, joining us now with more on this lawsuit and what is a media mob, I got to know him in 1996, one of the most tenacious attorneys in the country, if he sent me a letter of cease and desist, I'd beg for an apology. Lin Wood is with us. Lin, good to see you. LIN WOOD, ATTORNEY FOR NICHOLAS SANDMANN: Good to talk to you, Sean. Thanks for having me on. HANNITY: I meant what I said about Richard Jewell. He -- I learned a lot. It has served me well. WOOD: Well, let me say this to you; Richard Jewell always appreciated what you did for him, Sean. When the mob went after Richard, you are the sole voice in the media that urged caution and said, stop, investigate, get the facts, get it right. Nobody else did that. HANNITY: I looked at Nicholas Sandman -- WOOD: He was always grateful for you doing that. HANNITY: I think the stress killed him. I think it so upset him. I look at Nicholas Sandmann -- WOOD: I know it did. HANNITY: -- and I know, we now know the story, this kid, you couldn't teach somebody to act more perfectly than he did under the circumstances, and it would have taken all of seven seconds to get the truth out. Your reaction? WOOD: Well, let me tell you what "The Washington Post" did to Nicholas and other members of the mainstream media. You have the era of social media now, Twitter, Facebook -- thank goodness that did not as exist back in 1996 when Richard Jewell was under attack. So, this video goes viral, the mob attacks, and you would expect that the mainstream media would be responsible enough to pause, recognize that they are dealing with a student, investigate, and make sure that they have the facts accurate, that the story that they tell is accurate. But they didn't pause when it came to Nicholas, because they wanted to rush out and they wanted to jump into the mob and give the mob a megaphone, so that they could attack this boy, because he was white, he's Catholic, and he was wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap. If Nicholas had not purchased that souvenir cap that day at the Mall, if he was not wearing it, none of us would know who Nick Sandmann is. He would still be living his life privately, going to school without worrying about how his school and his classmates and the world feel about him. Here is a 16-year-old kid, Sean. It is tough being 16. Think about what this young boy is having to deal with at age 16 when the entire world saw him the way that the media portrayed him as literally the face of evil. It is inexcusable, reprehensible conduct by the media. And "The Washington Post" led the way. HANNITY: Well, you also telegraphed my interpretation, I have read every word of your 38-page complaint that CNN is not far behind, NBC is not far behind. But, Lin, I've got to imagine if you add up all media outlets in this day and age, and include Hollywood actors and actresses, the fame behind and the power of the pulpit that they have, hundreds, thousands of potential lawsuits here? WOOD: Certainly hundreds. The good news is, is that we have two and a half years to identify and file lawsuits against the wrongdoers, because he is a minor, Nick will turn 18 in July of 2020. We've got two and a half years. We've got a lot of work to do, because the social media and mainstream mob of bullies was extremely large in number. And they were very vocal. And the mainstream media like "The Washington Post" gave them a megaphone to go out and to shout to the world that this young boy had instigated this event, which he did not, had engaged in behavior swarming around Mr. Phillips, which he did not, had blocked Mr. Phillips' ability to leave the scene, which he did not. And Nicholas Sandmann as you said, Sean, he didn't do anything wrong. He exhibited the most respectful behavior of anyone involved in this incident. He was a child. He was accosted by adults. The Black Hebrew Israelites as your clip shows yelling the most obscene slurs at these boys, homophobic, racist slurs. And then you have this character, Phillips, and I say character because let me tell you, I have watched what he said. He didn't tell the same story twice because he is a liar. And yet the media put him on -- HANNITY: Can you sue him? WOOD: -- interview after interview, interview after interview, to tell his false story and condemn this young innocent boy. HANNITY: I assume by those comments and I think you said on Twitter that you would sue Nathan Phillips as well. You know, I watch what those kids went through and what the people said to them. They said nothing back. I don't know if I would have that kind of restraint. It is kind of amazing, they said that he went and confronted Nathan Phillips -- just the opposite. I went through a high litany of profile cases. And they get it wrong all the time, this mob. WOOD: Listen, you dated both of us talking about 1996. I have spent the last 23 years -- HANNITY: And you still look the same. WOOD: -- of my career -- I'm sorry? HANNITY: You still look the same. WOOD: Well, thank you. Both of our hair is a different color now than it was back then. But I have spent the last two decades working in the area of First Amendment law trying to protect individuals' reputations and seek redress from false attack. And I have watched it, Sean, deteriorate over two decades. It's gotten worse and worse. And now, it's reached a point where they are attacking falsely a child. HANNITY: I am really -- WOOD: Things have got to change, and there's got to be accountability. HANNITY: I am -- and I know that you do not need the money. I know that this is your passion. I am happy that they hired you. You're the best person in this. Lin Wood, thank you.

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